Solidwool: Mid-century modern chairs made from wool-based fiberglass


Solidwool is a company from Devon, England that mixes traditional Devon wool with bioresins to make a wool-based, fiberglass-like composite that can be use in furniture construction. I've just seen some of their midcentury modern Hembury Chairs at the Contemporary Craft Fair in Bovey-Tracey, and they're really beautiful, swirling with abstract fibers and pleasingly smooth and solid. They're finely built, comfortable, and extremely handsome.

Hembury Chair

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  1. Huh . . . hmmm . . .

    The chair design isn't familiar, but the close-up of the material stirs old memories. OLD memories, like something I saw in Kindergarten.

    Henry Ford proposed making car bodies from a composite material similar to the solidwool chairs, but using hemp fiber. This gets translated by certain tiresome variety of marijuana proponents as "FORD MADE CARS OUT OF HEMP!"

  2. Most school furniture is made of wood fiber and melamine, the plastic resin which the Chinese put in so many foods. We also use it plastic ash trays.

    The texture of this chair somewhat resembles a chopped fiberglass spray layup used in hot tubs, pools, water tanks, and cheap boat hulls. from this I infer that the wool is felted and not woven.

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